I am a UKCP Registered Counsellor providing a professional and friendly counselling service in the centre of Stamford for individuals and couples. If you recognise that life has become increasingly difficult and you are struggling to cope or you have long thought about the need to deal with past traumas then counselling could provide a safe space to start that conversation.
What can counselling provide...
Counselling can provide a dedicated space in the week where you can set aside time to focus on you. We rarely give ourselves this kind of time or if we do we can often end up feeling guilty for putting ourselves at the top of our to do list. The space however is often much needed and hugely beneficial, even more so when we are struggling in our lives. The process of counselling often leads to new insight and self awareness, which in turn can lead to much wanted change for yourself, your relationships and your ability to cope with life and to begin living it again.
Sometimes we are aware of how the changes in our life may have impacted us and have an appreciation of why life may feel difficult – a bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship, financial difficulties, work issues, redundancy, past abuse or trauma, but sometimes we experience a change in ourselves such as low mood, depression, anxiety or panic and we are unsure of the reasons for this or our ability to cope. In both cases counselling allows much needed space to explore these feelings.
Why talk to a counsellor...
Talking to someone who is not part of your family circle or friendship group can often offer fresh perspective and reflection on your situation. As a counsellor I am not here to judge, to take sides or advise, but instead I am here to listen attentively and with empathy and gain understanding of how it must feel for you right now and the struggles you are facing and in doing so work with you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours to help you move forward.
For more information about my counselling service and what to expect please feel free to visit my website at: www.gaylegrainger.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor qualified with a
BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling.
I am trained as an integrative counsellor meaning I integrate more than one theoretical approach into my work allowing me to draw upon on a range of teachings in order to best support your needs.
- BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling - Middlesex University
- Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Counselling Studies Level 3 - Peterborough Regional College
- Counselling Skills Level 2 - New College Stamford
- Introduction to Counselling Concepts - New College Stamford
Counselling Courses Completed:
- Stress & Mental Health - What You Need To Know
- How to Support Teenagers through the Stress of Starting University
- How to Reduce Anxiety in Students & Young People
- Understanding & Working with Codependent Clients
- Working with Narcissism
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm & Suicide
- Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
- Understanding Gender Identity
- Working with Anger
- Consideration of Health Issues in Counselling
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
- Relate CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
- Relate Certificate of Proficiency - Relationship Counselling
- Relate Assessment & Domestic Abuse Training
Relate Courses Completed:
- Lets Talk About Sex - Working with Sexual Issues in Couples Counselling
- Working with Anger in Couples Counselling
- Using Genograms/Systemic Questions in Couples Work
- Awareness of Mental Health Issues in Couples Counselling
- Awareness of Domestic Violence in Couples Counselling
- Awareness of Children's Safeguarding in Couples Counselling
Cruse Bereavement Qualifications:
- Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation
Cruse Bereavement Course Completed:
- Cruse Safeguarding
- Pip Wilson Creative /Experiential Workshop
- Writing for Bereavement
- Working with A Childs Grief
Employee Assisted Programmes - Training Completed:
- Working For EAPS / Keeping Therapy Brief
I have been a volunteer counsellor in the following agencies:
- Relate Leicester
- Mind Cambridgeshire
- Cruse Bereavement
It is an ethical requirement for all counsellors to seek continued professional development through the attendance of training courses, workshops and seminars and I actively seek to do this in order to increase both my knowledge and self awareness.
I hold full professional indemnity insurance.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I was a volunteer counsellor with Cruse Bereavement for 5 years and have a great deal of experience in working with people who have suffered bereavement, be it recently or many years ago. The bereavement may have been expected following illness or a sudden and unexpected death. I also work with those bereaved by suicide.
Mind Cambridgeshire (Mental Health):
I have been a volunteer counsellor for Mind Cambridgeshire working with clients with a wide range of mental health issues and supporting clients with the impact this has had on themselves and their relationships.
Relate Leicester (Couples Counselling):
I have been a volunteer couples counsellor for Relate Leicester working with couples and individuals with a range of relationship issues including poor communication, ongoing/escalating arguments, affection/intimacy, affairs, couple identity, lack of quality time, sexual issues, change of couple dynamic due to life events such as having children, children leaving home, mental health, redundancy, bereavement
Concessions offered for
All sessions, including the first session, are charged at:
- Individuals £45 (1 hour session)
- Couples £60 (1 hour)
- Counselling Course Students £35 (1 hour sessions)
All fees are to be paid by cash or cheque at the end of each session.
Cancellation Policy: There maybe times when you may need to cancel your counselling session and if this is the case I would ask that where possible you provide 24hrs notice and if I am able to I will try to reschedule for a different day or re-book for the following week. I appreciate that in times of illness/unforeseen emergencies this may not always be possible. If appointments are cancelled with less than 24hrs notice then I do charge 50% of your session fee. If you do not show for your session and I have received no message then I do charge your full session fee.
Tues, Wed, Thurs
9:30-10:30am / 11-12pm
12:30-1:30pm / 2-3pm
Please note that I am unable to offer evening / weekend sessions.
The counselling sessions I provide are face to face, one to one sessions for adults
Tue, Wed, Thurs:
9:30-10:30am / 11-12pm / 12:30-1:30pm / 2-3pm
I am unable to offer evening / weekend sessions.
To make an enquiry please feel free to call me on 07812 718431. We can then discuss your requirements and I can answer any questions you may have about counselling.
If I am unable to take your call I would ask that you leave me your name and number on my voicemail. This is confidential and will only be accessed by myself. I will then call you back as soon as I am able.
Alternatively e-mail me at: email@example.com and I will reply as soon as possible.
Please note that I am currently unable to offer counselling for children.